SXSW Startup: GoKid Is The Answer For All Busy Parent Car Poolers
Parenting school aged children in this day and age can be tough. Scheduling can be a complete mess. We live in a time and place where, in a majority of households, both parents work full time jobs, and then some.
We also live in a time where over 50% of all schools in the nation no longer offer transportation to school. Also, thousands of school districts across the country have closed the transportation radius in even tighter, leaving more parents to fend for themselves when it comes to getting their kids to and from school.
Carpooling is the natural answer but if you’ve ever tried to create a carpool it’s one of the most frustrating acts in the world. Typically, when you think you have the carpool running smoothly, somebody throws a big kink in it.
New York based startup GoKid is helping parents and families across the country, streamline the carpool process. They’re also making it safer for kids and taking the headache out. GoKid has a number of great features that handle all of the important aspects of carpooling:
- Easily add your carpool or parents you know to the app to create a carpool
- Knowing who’s day it is to drive for pickup and drop off
- Reminders for when it’s your turn to drive
- Quickly message the members of your car pool
- Keep up with a GPS location of the carpool vehicle, know where your kids are
With GoKid, adding your existing carpool is a breeze. By only using parent driven car pools you don’t have to worry about strangers picking your child up like some of those “uber for kids” companies. This creates a trust circle it also could help make you and your kids some new friends.
GoKid is looking forward to releasing their tracking feature so when it’s time to ride parents in the carpool will be updated with their child’s location and drivers will be offered the most optimized route to pick up all the children and then drop them off at school. The same thing goes for the ride home. While this may seem smart for a mobile app, GoKid also has a fully featured desktop app so parents at work can quickly check in with the carpool and send messages back and forth through the app. Is there a last minute driver change, that can be handled lickety split on the web or mobile.
GoKid is a top 50 2018 SXSW Accelerator finalist. Check them out at SXSW Interactive, March 9-12th in Austin and online at GoKid.mobi